LAS VEGAS. — Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez ended Gennady Golovkin’s unbeaten reign as unified world middleweight boxing champion on Saturday night, battling to victory by majority decision in a pulsating rematch.
Alvarez showed skill and durability to outlast Golovkin in another attritional contest between the two evenly-matched rivals at the T-Mobile Arena, one year after they had fought to a controversial draw at the same venue.
Alvarez inflicted the first defeat of Kazakh slugger Golovkin’s career after two judges scored it 115-113 in his favour, with another judge scoring it even at 114-114. “I am a great fighter, and I showed it tonight,” said Alvarez.